It is a transdisciplinary programme of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside . (ages 3-12)
Some of the Core Principles of the PYP
Conceptual learning is the guiding principle to ensure international mindedness
Learning is student centered
Language is seen as a transdisciplinary element throughout the curriculum
Inquiry is the guiding approach to learning
How best will we learn? Taught Curriculum
What do we want to learn?
Programme of Inquiry + Stand-alone
Inquiry based learning
Conferencing and reporting
The PYP Exhibition
How will we know what we have learned? Assessed Curriculum Learners Constructing Meaning
Why should my child go to a PYP School?
Framework addresses needs of the whole child
Knowledge is nationally and internationally transferable
High standards are regularly evaluated by IB
Involved and engaged student body
Highly qualified teacher involved in:
Continuous education on best practices
21 century skill development
Knowledge taught in form of 6 transdisciplinary themes How We Express Ourselves Inquiry into the arts… Where We Are in Place and Time Inquiry into history… Sharing the Planet Inquiry into rights and responsibilities as we share our planet…. How We Organize Ourselves Inquiry interconnectedness of human made systems… Who We Are Inquiry into the nature of humans… How the World Works Inquiry into the sciences …
Skills – What we want students to be able to do! Self-Management Skills Communication Skills Thinking Skills Social Skills In order to conduct purposeful inquiry and in order to be well prepared for lifelong learning, students need to master a whole range of sills beyond those normally referred to as basic. Research Skills
Key Concepts form a powerful curriculum component that drives the teacher and/or student-constructed inquiries that lie at the heart of the PYP curriculum . the cause of night and day the cycle of the seasons the connection between light and shadows Form What is it like? Function How does it work? Change How does it change? Causation Why is it like it is? Perspective What are the points of view? Connection How is it connected to other things? Reflection How do we know? Responsibility What is our responsibility?
Attitudes: -how we want students to act! Creativity Enthusiasm Respect Confidence Curiosity Independence Empathy Integrity Cooperation Commitment Appreciation Tolerance
Action – How do we want students to act ? The action component of the PYP can involve service in the widest sense of the word: service to fellow students, and to the larger community, both in and outside the school . Through such service, students are able to grow both personally and socially, developing skills such as cooperation, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and creative and critical-thinking. Flea Market Grade 4
The Taught Curriculum Skills, attitudes, concepts, knowledge and action taught transdisciplinary through the different subjects in collaboration with subject teachers Arts Social Studies PSE/ PE Science& Technology Math Languages Subject Domains
Inquiry in the PYP is the process initiated by students or teachers that moves the students from their current level of understanding to a new and deeper level of understanding through questioning.
What is Inquiry?
What does Inquiry look like?
Exploring , wondering
and current learning
Making predictions and
acting purposefully to
see what happens
Collecting data and
Solving problems in
a variety of ways
Why Inquiry Learning Today?
The knowledge base for disciplines is constantly expanding and changing.
Information is readily available -- what's needed is an understanding of how to get and make sense of the mass of data.
The Assessed Curriculum :
The prime objective of assessment in the PYP is to provide feedback on the learning process.
Teachers design assessment instruments to reflect the particular learning outcomes on which they intend to give feedback.
Students and teachers are actively involved in the assessment process.
Teachers select assessment strategies to support how students learn and perform